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Summer Study in Florence, Italy

Chloe and Ryan in Florence 

Photo Credit to: Webster Student Chloe Costa and Ryan Green

Summer Study in Florence, Italy

This summer, students have two options for studying in Florence, Italy through Kent State University. Both are comprehensive academic and cultural programs allowing students to get acquainted with Florence during their time studying abroad.The programs are housed in Palazzo Vettori, a prestigious and ancient building located in the heart of Florence. Watch a short film prepared by a KSU student while he was studying abroad in Florence highlighting the Palazzo Vettori.

Florence Summer Institute ­­         May 27-June 28, 2020

Important Dates

  • Webster Application Deadline: February 28
  • Friday, June 5: Mandatory Field Trip to Siena, Italy

Students select 2 courses from those offered. All courses are taught in English and meet Monday through Thursday. Course offerings for the 2020 Florence Summer Institute can be found here.

Program Flyer
Florence Summer Institute (HRST 3200)

Program Cost
Florence Summer Institute

Field Trips
This program includes a mandatory day trip to Siena, Italy on Friday, June 5, 2020.  Additional optional field trips and local excursions/activities are available at an additional cost. Past optional field trips have included Venice and Rome. Past excursions have included an opera performance, a medieval rugby match, museum tours, and more.

Human Rights and Migration in Italy (HRTS 3200)
Dr. Lindsey Kingston, Webster University
Lindsey Kingston is an associate professor of international human rights at Webster University (Saint Louis, Missouri),
where she directs the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and oversees publication of the undergraduate journal Righting Wrongs: A Journal of Human Rights. An interdisciplinary social scientist, her research interests center on citizenship, rights, migration, and social movements. Kingston is a Fulbright Scholar (Università degliStudi di Milano), a World Social Science Fellow, and an editor for Human Rights Review. Her work has been published in journals such as International Journal of Refugee Law, Journal of Human Rights, and Journal of Human Rights Practice. She is the editor of the volume Human Rights in Higher Education: Institutional, Classroom, and Community Approaches to Teaching Social
Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and her book Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights was recently published by Oxford University Press.

This course uses Italy as a case study to explore how migration and nationality impact human rights protection. First, globalization creates conditions – ease of travel and dramatic economic disparities between states, for example – leading to increased human movement. Italy has recently been transformed by mass economic migration from northern Africa and the Middle East, for instance. Italian policies have drawn heavy criticism – particularly strict security measures that target undocumented migrants. Second, refugee flows bring millions of forcibly displaced people across state boundaries. In Italy, critics argue that asylum-seekers routinely face abuses such as racial discrimination, obstacles to education and employment, and prolonged detention. Third, approximately 13 million people around the world – including Roma populations and others within Italy – lack legal citizenship to any state despite the established "right to a nationality." Statelessness connects to a variety of further human rights violations, ranging from the denial of public services to the inability to access basic health provisions and police protection. Students in this course will therefore consider issues of human rights and migration in Italy, focusing particular attention on state policies, local non-governmental organization (NGO) advocacy, and the work of Italian researchers.

This course has been pre-approved to count for INTL 4600 International Relations Seminar.

Florence International Institute          July 12-August 2, 2020

The Florence International Institute at Kent State University offers participants the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Italian art, history, and culture while in a classroom of students from universities around the world. This innovative institute features internationally recognized, world-renowned experts from many universities.

Important Dates

  • Webster Application Deadline: February 28
  • Arrival and orientation dates: TBA
  • Full Program: July 12-August 2, 2020

Students select 2 courses from those offered. All courses are taught in English. Course offerings for the 2020 Florence International Institute can be found here.

Program Cost
Florence International Institute

**Important information for both programs**

Students stay in shared apartments throughout the heart of Florence.  Apartments are fully furnished with bed linens, a kitchen, washing machine, tv, and wifi. Students will need to bring their own towels.  Apartments are shared with 2-8 other students on the program, and it is possible to submit a roommate request.

Weather in Florence in June is beautiful! If it’s a typical June, high temperatures will rise from about 79 degrees at the beginning of the month to about 86 degrees at the end. There will be lots of sunshine with an occasional rainy day.

Students applying to this program ­must complete a Kent State University Guest Student Application, which gives students temporary Kent State student status. This is a simple application and there is no fee.

To apply, visit and follow the instructions below:

  1. Click ‘Start a New Application’
  2. On the following screen, click ‘Begin New Application’
  3. Regarding the type of student, first select ‘domestic student’ and then ‘guest’
  4. Select ‘Kent Campus’
  5. Set up your Account Information; select ‘Summer 2020’
    a. Note: The email address you provide here will be used as your Login ID for the Kent State Application System. You will use it when you return to the site to complete your application or check on the status of your submitted application.
    b. You will be assigned a PIN number on the following screen. Write down, put in your phone, or print the screen. This PIN will used with your email address to login to the Kent State application system.
  6. Complete the reminder of the application
    a. A checklist is provided to help you keep tracked of completed sections.
    b. Once you have completed each section of the application, you must click ‘Application is Complete.’ It will not be submitted otherwise. 
  7. Once you have submitted your Kent State Guest Application, notify Jennifer Dickey ( You will be contacted directly by Kent State’s Office of Global Education with your KSU Flashline credentials and instructions to complete the appropriate Florence application.

Start your application!

For more information on the Florence Program, please click here.